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The Centre for the Built and Natural Environment focuses on delivering solutions to close the design versus as-built performance gap found in the built environment.

In addressing this issue, academics working in this area seek to answer the overarching research question: how do we ensure decision-making processes during building design, construction and operation reflect the whole life implications of the dynamic nature of building performance, the effects of occupant responses and perceptions, and the impact of future uncertainties?

The Centre offers the opportunity to develop fundamental research strands based on the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing’s expertise and strong industrial partnerships, as well as being shaped by its Executive Director’s vision for the built environment. 

Research in this area focuses on the following themes that have global impact;

  • Dynamic performance of buildings
  • Occupant and owner responses
  • Impacts of uncertainty
  • Whole-life decision-making
  • Smart civic structure
  • Monitoring buildings

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    Research Output

  • A local radial basis function collocation method for band structure computation of 3D phononic crystals

    Zheng, H., Zhang, C. & Yang, J., 1 Jan 2020, In : Applied Mathematical Modelling. 77, p. 1954-1964 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    An 80-year projection of nZEB strategies in extreme climatic conditions of Iraq

    Al-Saeed, Y. W. M., Ahmed, A. & Parn, E., 24 Mar 2020, In : International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation. 38, 3, p. 472-492 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    External Examination - PhD

    Abdullahi Ahmed (Examiner)
    12 Mar 2020

    Activity: Examination


    Best Student

    Messaoud Saidani (Recipient), 1 Jul 1986

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Fellow of IStructE

    James Yang (Recipient), Oct 2017

    Prize: Election to learned society

    PE Publishing Award

    James Yang (Recipient), Jun 2004

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Press / Media

    Education e-portfolio

    Messaoud Saidani


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    UAE data security

    Messaoud Saidani


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    The Multi-Reciprocal Grid (MRG) system and applications

    Messaoud Saidani


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment